Dining At Home is an affordable and stylish alternative to entertaining friends and family at a restaurant. Your menu is fully customised to your requirements.
GIFT VOUCHERS are available for any amount.They make a great present with a difference for fmaily and friends.
Why Wild In The Pantry?
Many private dining and personal chef services offer top end fine dining, with a full crockery, cutlery and glassware service, waters and waitresses, silver service and so on. That's fine and dandy, but you will pay for all those trimmings. May aim is to offer my services as a creative and passionate chef, interested only in providing you with a meal to remember, tailored to your exact requirements. And that's all you pay for.
I cover the St Ives, Peterborough, Huntingdon and Cambridge areas, but I am happy to travel wider subject to a mileage charge.
How It Works
Together we will discuss the menu you would like, usually on the phone or by email. Some people have very specific ideas, others are happy for me to put something together based round just one or two ideas. If you have requirements around allergies or other dietary requirements these will be taken into account. I will prepare a detailed menu based on local, seasonal produce where possible. I will ensure it is well balanced in terms of nutrition, flavours, style and presentation. I will give you a full quote in advance including my time, ingredients and and travel costs so you know exactly where you stand.
I will then do all the shopping, bring any equipment I need with me, let you know what time I will arrive, and be ON TIME!
You will supply crockery, cutlery, glassware, serving dishes etc., set the table, and invite your friends, family or colleagues for the agreed time. I will cook and serve the food, and then clear down the kitchen while you eat.
I will load the dishwasher but don't normally wash up the crockery and cutlery - I will leave you once the kitchen is clean and the food is served. However I can usually supply waitress service at extra cost - see my prices.
For a dinner party, with fully plated meals, the recommended maximum is 8-10 diners. For less formal meals, buffets, banquets, tapas, etc. I can cater for up to 30 people. And for canapé parties I have catered for 100+. Rest assured - I will never try to take on an event I'm not confident of coping with.
What It Costs
My charge is calculated from the amount of time I spend preparing your meal, the cost of ingredients, and any additional expenses such as mileage. I will always provide a full quote in advance, once we have agreed a menu.
Some typical prices are:
3 course Dinner party for 4 - £150
with waitress - £190
3 course Dinner party for 8 - £220
with waitress £260
3 course Hen party for 16 - £400
Tapas for 25 - £500
Cocktail Canapés for 50 - £250
For more details see my prices page.
Pear, Rocket and Prosciutto Rolls
Roasted Figs with Gorgonzola
Plaice baked in Banana Leaf
Ginger and Apple Sponge
- choose from my seasonal menu, vegetarian menu, or put together your own fully customised menu
- dietary requirements will be accommodated
- wide choice of cuisine including traditional British, French, Indian, North African, Italian and Spanish
- from a 2 course meal to a full banquet, cocktail parties and canapés
- sit down dining or less formal buffets, barbecues and banquets
- costs less than an equivalent meal at a restaurant or gastropub
- top quality, locally sourced ingredients used whenever possible
- no weekend surcharge: any day any time